Ways to Give
Ways to give

Alumni and friends of the University who are interested in contributing to the Presidential Scholarship Initiative can give through out right and planned gifts. The following information provides the most popular ways that alumni and friends of the University can give.

Outright Gifts

Credit Card

Make a one–time gift on UK’s Online Giving site.
Make a 12–month recurring gift on UK’s Online Recurring Giving site.


Make a pledge on UK’s Online Pledge site.


Mail your gift to:

UK Office of Development
Attn: Gift Receiving Office
William B. Sturgill Development Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0015

Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds

Transfer your appreciated assets (stocks, bonds, mutual funds) to UK. Learn more here.

Matching Gifts

Many companies and foundations will double or even triple the value of charitable gifts made by employees and their spouses, board members, and retirees. Find out if a particular organization will match your gift.

Monthly Bank Draft

Make a gift via a monthly draft from your checking account. To complete the online form: Print, sign and mail to the contact address at the bottom of this page. Please include a blank, voided check

Payroll Deduction

UK employees can make charitable contributions to the University by payroll deduction. To enroll, use this authorization form.

Planned Gifts

Personal Property

If you would like to donate personal property to UK, contact Gift and Estate Planning at (859) 257–7886. Some gifts require appraisal or advance approval in order to be accepted. Examples of gifts of property include tickets to athletic events, rare books, art work, computer hardware and software, and laboratory equipment.

Real Estate Foundation

A gift of real estate may be a principal residence or vacation home, a farm, a commercial building, a subdivision lot, or unimproved land. The gift may be the entire property or a fractional interest in the property. UK’s Office of Gift and Estate Planning can walk you through the process.

Electronic Transfers

Note: Wire transfers incur substantial fees. An electronic transfer through the Automated Clearing House Network (or “ACH”) is often a more practical option. Notify Nikki Russell at (859) 257–3914 after you have scheduled an electronic transfer. If you are trying to meet a deadline, you might also consider charging your gift to a credit card or mailing a payment through an express carrier. Note that IRS regulations stipulate that contributions sent by private carriers must be dated based on UK’s date of receipt, whereas gifts sent through the US Postal Service can be dated based on the postmark date. Learn more.

Deferred Gift

Your gift to UK can also be a useful financial planning tool.

Life Income Gift

A life income gift, such as a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder unitrust, can provide you and/or your loved ones with an income for the duration of your lives or for a specific number of years. You receive a current income tax dedication as well. Learn more.

Charitable Lead Trust

These trusts can be used to transfer assets to a loved one with a significantly reduced tax liability. Learn more.


The most common form of deferred gift to UK is a bequest contained in a person’s will or revocable (living) trust. Find sample language and more information.

Life Insurance

When you specify the University of Kentucky as the owner and beneficiary of a paid up policy, the charitable deduction is for the policy’s cash surrender value or net premium paid on the policy, whichever is less. UK credits paid up policies at a value approximately equal to the cash surrender value of the policy. If the policy is not fully paid up, credit is equal to the cash surrender value and any subsequent premium payments made through UK during the pledge period. UK may elect to liquidate life insurance policies and evaluates each policy on a case by case basis. Learn more.

Gifts of Retirement

Naming UK as a primary or contingent beneficiary of a retirement plan (e.g. IRA, SEP, 401(k), 403(b), ESOP, etc.) may enable you to make a larger gift than you anticipated because income and estate taxes are not imposed when plan assests are distributed to UK. Your retirement account’s plan administrator (the company that manages the account) can help you designate University of Kentucky as a primary or contingent beneficiary on the plan's beneficiary form. Learn more.

Retained Life Estate in Property

You can generate a current income tax deduction by giving a home or farm to UK, while retaining the right to use the property during your lifetime. The property will also be removed from your taxable estate. Contact UK’s Office of Gift and Estate Planning to discuss this gift opportunity in more detail.

Contact Us

UK Office of Development
William B. Sturgill Development Building
Lexington, KY 40506–0015
(800) 875–6272